Paisley’s popular Sma’ Shot Day event takes place on Saturday with a day-long programme of entertainment to mark one of the world’s oldest worker’s festivals.

The event begins at 12 noon where the popular Sma’ Shot Day parade will leave Brodie Park, led by the familiar sound of the Charleston Drum, and make its way through Paisley town centre, finishing at Abbey Close.

Sma’ Shot Day celebrates a 19th-century victory by the town’s weavers over their bosses in an industrial dispute.

This year’s parade is being co-ordinated by Bridgeman Arts in collaboration with a number of local community groups, performers and musicians, with this year’s parade highlighting some of the performers and characters who might have appeared at Paisley Fair at the time. The giant Grimaldi Twin Puppets created by Bridgeman Arts have been co-commissioned with Glasgow Life and will also appear at Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival.

Once the parade reaches Abbey Close and Bridge Street spectators will witness the spectacle of the Burning of the Cork – a highlight of the Sma’ Shot Day celebrations.

The event will also feature performances on the main stage from PACE Youth Theatre, who will re-enact the struggles of the Paisley weavers in their efforts for payment of the Sma’ Shot, the Rock Us choir, cover band Proposal, Sharon Martin, Evelyn Laurie and Caitlin Bonner Dance Company.

There will be street performances taking place throughout the day as well as free activities for children including face painting, inflatables, arts and crafts and a sports day hosted by Furry Murry’s Adventure Playground. OneRen’s Skoobmobile will also be at the event with lots of fun, games and summer reading.

In addition to events at Abbey Close and Bridge Street, there will be a programme of live music at The Bungalow venue and the popular Poetry Slam in the late afternoon.

Upcycling business Restoration and Creation on Browns Lane, which will be hosting the Brown Lane Makers’ Market from 12pm, featuring live music from local performers throughout the day and a variety of children’s workshops – bookable in advance.

The historic Sma’ Shot Cottages will also be open for tours, where visitors can take a trip back in time to two distinctive periods of Paisley’s rich textile history and see what life was like as a weaver in the town in the 18th and 19th centuries, and The Art Department will be hosting the Project Ability textile exhibition ‘Press, Print, Repeat’ from 10am – a tangible exploration of Renfrewshire’s diverse textile heritage by pupils from Mary Russell School, Corseford School and Riverbrae School.

Plus, there’s an afternoon of dancing and timeless tunes to enjoy at the Tea Dance at the Methodist Central Hall from 1pm – 3pm. Tickets are available from Paisley Central Library.

Sma’ Shot Day is organised by Renfrewshire Council as part of the area’s major events programme which attracts thousands of visitors each year.

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